Subordination or Empowerment? : African-American Leadership and the Struggle for Urban Political Power.
- Cary : Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 1997.
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- African American leadership.
Community power -- United States -- Case studies.
Political participation -- United States -- Case studies.
- Electronic books.
- Why have Blacks won political empowerment in some cities and in others remained subordinated or had their achievements rolled back? Why do some cities have many Black leaders with multi-racial appeal while other cities have none? Subordination or Empowerment answers these questions throughdetailed historical examinations of the Black struggle for political power in Chicago, Gary, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. Keiser argues that electoral competition among White factions has created opportunities for Black leaders to win genuine political empowerment and avoid subordination. Whenelectoral competition among Whites does not exist, Black votes lose their electoral leverage, leading to the rise of extra-electoral strategies. Keiser's dynamic theory of leadership formation explains the current appeal of Black separatism and messianism at the local and national levels and theconsequent rise of leaders such as Louis Farakhan, and offers a rejoinder to Cornel West's critique of Black leadership in Race Matters.
One: Electoral Competition and the Emergence of Political Leadership
Two: Black Political Subordination in Chicago
Three: Political Monopoly and the Maintenance of Black Subordination in Gary
Four: Not Quite Brotherly Love: Electoral Competition and the Institutionalization of Biracial Political Cooperation in Philadelphia
Five: Political Competition and Black Empowerment in Atlanta, 1946-1992
Six: Subordination or Empowerment?
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- Print version: Keiser, Richard A. Subordination or Empowerment?
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